In just a short decade, opposition to gay marriage has slowed edged out of the mainstream and become a bit less acceptable, not that boxer Manny Pacquiao has been influenced in any way by the march toward equal rights for gay and lesbian people.
Pacquiao has officially criticized President Barack Obama after the president made his views on same-sex marriage known, baring his less-popular position on the contentious subject during an interview the boxer did with Examiner.com. Pacquiao didn’t mince words when attacking the president’s support of gay marriage, and fell back on the bible to support his “Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve” stance.
Pacquiao went all Leviticus in his comments, explaining to the website:
“God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married, only if they so are in love with each other… It should not be of the same sex so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah of Old.”
The site continues, although not directly quoting Pacquiao on Obama:
“America should be the model of morality for other countries to emulate and must have the responsibility to uphold the Scripture to the highest order of God’s command, he adds… Conversely, Pacquiao respects Obama’s sweeping call to strengthen his political support from the grassroots. But, he implies Obama must read ‘the manual of life’ for better living, which is the Holy Scripture, and follow the precepts that ‘God’ wants us to embrace.”
While Pacquiao quotes the Bible on his own stance, Obama also cited the tome when clarifying his position, referring back to “do unto others” to square his views with religion.